Tacloban City honored with Best Population Volunteer Award

Tacloban City honored with Best Population Volunteer Award

Tacloban City Government wins the Rafael M. Salas Kaunlarang Pantao Award for exceptional population & development programs. Melissa Rafols of Brgy. 106 Sto. Niño named Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteer and moves on to national validation. Photo: Tacloban City Population Office

TACLOBAN CITY – The City Government of Tacloban's outstanding commitment to community development has been recognized with the top prize in the 2023 Rafael M. Salas Kaunlarang Pantao Awards Regional Search for Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteer. 

The event, organized by the Commission on Population Development (CDP), took place on July 11 at the Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City. It recognized the city government's outstanding efforts in advancing population and development programs within its communities.

Tacloban City emerged as the clear winner, surpassing two other formidable finalists, leaving its close contender, Ormoc City, behind. Melissa Rafols, a passionate Barangay Service Point Officer (BSPO) from Brgy. 106 Sto. Niño, Tacloban City, was honored as the Most Outstanding Barangay Population Volunteer under the City Category. 

𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 𝐑𝐚𝐟𝐚𝐞𝐥 𝐌. 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐬 𝐊𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐨 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐲 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫...

Posted by Tacloban City Population Office on Tuesday, July 11, 2023

With eight years of dedicated service to her barangay, Melissa will represent Eastern Visayas in the national validation alongside the municipal category winner from Carigara's local government.

This recent achievement is a significant milestone for the Tacloban City Population Office, further validating their effective implementation of programs focused on adolescent health and development, responsible parenthood, and family planning. 

The success can be attributed to a well-organized network of committed barangay service point officers and a consistent emphasis on education and communication (IEC) advocacy.

During the award ceremony, regional winners were presented with plaques and cash prizes as tokens of appreciation for their commendable contributions. Distinguished personalities attended the event, including CPD Regional Director Elnora R. Pulma, keynote speaker Southern Leyte Vice Governor Rosa Emilia Mercado, and Tacloban CPO Chief Cielito Esquibel. 

The celebration, coinciding with the observance of World Population Day, showcased Tacloban City's unwavering commitment to sustainable development and the creation of thriving communities. —iTacloban (Source: CIO/Tacloban CPO)

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